The Honorable Nancy L. Ayers

Ventura County Superior Court, Department 14


The Hon. Nancy L. Ayers is a judge for the Ventura County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2009 by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Arturo Gutierrez (Ret.).

She is a registered Republican.

Judge Ayers received her B.A. from the University of the Pacific. She went on to earn her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Ayers served a year-long clerkship at the law firm of Kahn, Soares, and Conway LLP beginning in 1983. After completing her clerkship, she worked briefly as an associate at the firm in 1984.

That same year, Ayers would join the Ventura County District Attorney's Office as a deputy district attorney. During her 23 years with the Ventura D.A.'s office, Ayers would eventually rise to the level of senior deputy district attorney. While there, she helped prosecute sex crimes as well as supervise the D.A.'s misdemeanor and felony trial units. Ayers also spearheaded a program at the D.A.'s office that sought to provide individuals with disabilities a smoother transition through the legal system. In 2007, she left Ventura to join the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, where she served as a deputy district attorney until her appointment to the Superior Court two years later.

During her time on the bench, Judge Ayers was assigned to the County's Drug Court and also presided over a preliminary hearing calendar for the criminal division. She has also served as a judge for the court's Appellate Division.

In her free time, Judge Ayers continued her advocacy for people with disabilities, raising and training dogs for the Guide Dogs of America program.

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